At a recent meeting, Cirencester Rotary Club ‘s members and guests welcomed Dr Peter Scott, a consultant cardiologist at the Gloucester Royal Hospital. He posed the question “who wants to live forever?” and set about explaining to an attentive audience how best to reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack.
He explained historical contributions from the likes of Florence Nightingale and the critical impact on heart health of smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and ‘bad’ cholesterol before highlighting more recent advances in the use of statins and surgical stents.
The audience were not surprised to hear of the detrimental impact of stress and anger on heart health and blood pressure but were noticeably cheered to discover that moderate intake of alcohol was considered to be a positive factor.
Rotarian Yvonne Binks gave a vote of thanks for the interesting and informative presentation. She is running a marathon for charity during October and a substantial part of the monies collected will be going to a heart-related project nominated by Dr Scott.
Rotary President Shaun Gibson said, “Heart health is such an important subject and so we were very grateful to Dr Scott for finding time to talk to us. We are also proud of Yvonne’s personal commitment to supporting related projects aimed at benefitting the whole community in Gloucestershire.”
More details of Dr Scott and his work can be found at www.drpeterscott.com
more The Rotary Club of Cirencester recently presented a cheque for £400 to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team to enable them to purchase additional equipment for their exercise sessions.
more Cirencester Rotary Club has donated £1200 to the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity to get their appeal for two new ECG machines off to a flying start.